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Boston businessman John Henry’s purchase of the Boston Globe became official Thursday afternoon, ending 20 years of ownership by the New York Times Co.
Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and other sports enterprises, agreed in August to buy the Globe, its websites and affiliated businesses, after a bidding process that involved a half dozen potential buyers.
As part of the purchase, Henry will acquire the Globe newspaper, BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com, as well as the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and its website. He also will own the Globe’s direct mail business and a 49 percent interest in the Metro Boston newspaper.